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Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Popular blogger Emily Writes gives words of encouragement to sleep-deprived parents everywhere.With two small boys, both non-sleepers, Emily finds herself awake in the wee small hours night after night. Her writing is often done then, and she offers her own often hilarious and always heart-warming experiences to other exhausted parents. She describes the frustrations as we ...more
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published February 27th 2017 by RHNZ Adult ebooks
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Simon Sweetman
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic "n0 blame" / "no advice" collection of stories 'from one tired mama to another' - the parenting book you can read if you never have and maybe never wanted to read a parenting book. These posts - little missives, 4am help-calls and celebrations - are sad and joyous and proud and knowing and lovely. They are not patronising nor condescending. They are filled with the wisdom of observation, positioned only as the stories that have happened to one person, in one family. They are honest a ...more
This started off really great and funny but then I just kind of lost the connection to the book. I am sorry to say I have a baby that does sleep through the night so therefore I feel like there was that part I could not fully imagine - sure I have been awoken during the night by the devil baby but nothing compared to Emily's household!
Lucy Hickman
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read that doesn't paint parenting as coffee dates and perfect rooms. Written in a way you will relate to it makes for a perfect read for any parent. If you read only one parenting book read this one.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this is the best non judgemental and advice free zoned book I have ever read.

some bits I read and thought yip definitely agree with.

there were others I didn't but everyone is allowed to have their opinion.

I am now going to check her blog regularly as I think she is amazing :)
Kate Hodgetts
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish Emily Writes had been around when mine were babies!
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emily Writes is a very funny writer. Her blog posts frequently make me laugh til I cry. I love her honesty about all aspects of parenting, and about life in general. I did laugh a great deal reading this - sniggering in bed, trying not to wake my husband, and relating hugely to the part about whether snoring is a mitigating factor in murder cases. But I found myself crying almost as often. The writing about having a sick baby, about parents coping with serious illness in their babies and childre ...more
Chelsea Berry
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this after hearing Emily Writes talk with Hollie McNish as part of the Word Festival. To be fair, I was only there to fan girl over Hollie, but Emily won me over so I borrowed her book from the library as soon as I got home. My baby is currently 14 mths old and I read much of this book while feeding her. This was the best way to read it... You need a baby within arms reach at all times to give cuddles to while reading. Be ready to cry too... damn hormones! The only reason why I didn't giv ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A brilliant collection of funny, tear jearking and practical treaties on parenting. I will buy a copy for all my new parent friends.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If only this book had been around 11 years ago when the first of my two terrible sleepers was born. While this book make me laugh outloud on occasion the overall message is Choose Kind (Wonder). Be kind to new parents who may not parent the way you do but are doing the best they can to get through those months, or years if unlucky, of sleep deprivation. Choose kind and don't offer unwanted advice...but a copy of this book might just help that parent feel a little less alone when they are awake f ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're a parent, especially a new parent - read this book. It will give you reassurance and hope and a few laughs when you really need them. And take on board the vital, vital message that the best way to parent is the way that works for you and your family.

If you're going to be a parent - read this book. There's not a lot out there that can prepare you for being a parent. It's good to read an honest, unvarnished account of one mum's experiences of what a hard slog it can be. And you need to
Anna Bernard
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a new mum I was surprised to find I didn't relate all that much to this book. Some of the book is very well written, other parts I have found to be overly negative. I am struggling to finish this book, it feels very repetitive to read. There definitely are some things I relate to, some hilarious parts, and I can see how an over-tired parent could feel sympathy while reading this but overall this book is not for me.
Sarah McMullan
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I bought this as a gift for a friend who is having a baby soon but decided not to give it to her.

She’s an older Mum and this is a very young, ranty, "everyone has it in for Mums" kind of read...

(And while l get the rant thing is a) in the title b) the authors schtick, it's an immature writing technique that grows old fast. Swearing is not a substitute for humor.)

Very modern Mummy Blog. Meh.

Revised Rating: April 10 2019 - 2 Stars
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
I don't think I'm the target audience, but this still spoke to my experiences as a father. Sweet, thoughtful and occasionally thoroughly hilarious.

5 stars because I think everyone should read it, even if kids are not in your future, or they are well in your past ...
Jodie Pickering
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent for parents and non parents. Emily's writing is beautiful, heartfelt and funny. Basically everyone needs to read it.
Barnaby Haszard Morris
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Realistic about the trials of parenthood, and mocking of those who seek to mould parents and children to the ridiculous ideas they have in their head -- but sweetly earnest about the value of having and raising kids. Emily has it the right way up: she pours scorn on idiotic notions and champions a complex, ultimately optimistic view of society. I am grateful for her, and for this book.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me I thought as my baby days are 11 years ago it wouldn't be useful for me but Emily's humour as well as poignant capturing of the visceral tough parts of sleep deprivation and learning the art of mothering was captivating, sunny, and touching. I enjoyed it a lot & recommend it! ...more
Alice Dowden
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked the bite sized delivery of the pieces. Perfect for a mother with no time.

I like her philosophy of motherhood.
She’s my type of chick.
Meghan Blanchette
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read this book when my daughter was an infant. I think it would have made me a better, more confident mother. Reading this felt healing, and I recommend it to all the parents I know.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The warm hug every mum needs. One of those hugs that makes you feel understood and safe, that makes you cry sad tears, cry happy tears, laugh and cry happy tears again!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every new mum should read this. Full stop.
Ashley Marshall
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She’s my people. I’d be her mom friend. This is the book about parenting that every parent should read. She was everything I hope to be, empathetic friend/mom.

Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this read so much, would recommend to any mum
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Emily is a young mother of two pre-school boys. Her first blog post in March 2015 went viral, reaching more than one million people in a few days. Emily has been the parenting columnist for the New Zealand Herald and the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and has also written for Metro magazine. She is currently editor of The Spinoff Parents. Emily founded and runs a not-for-profit/volunteer-run charity c ...more

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